Disgaea 4 Has More Voice Acting In North America

By Spencer . July 29, 2011 . 5:26pm

cameoSpeaking with a representative from NIS America, Siliconera learned certain unvoiced scenes from the Japanese version will have voice acting in the English version of Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten.


We can also confirm the localized version will retain the anime cameo characters for Omega tier spells. Index from A Certain Magical Index appears when a cleric casts Omega Heal. Holo from Spice & Wolf is summoned when you cast Omega Wind. Bikkuriman arrive when a mage casts Omega Star. Meito Anizawa from Anime Tencho heats up the battlefield when someone casts Omega Fire. Lotte or Astarotte from Lotte no Omocha! freezes enemies with Omega Ice.


How did all of these cameos get into Disgaea 4? Nippon Ichi’s president Souhei Niikawa told me it’s because he’s friends with the creators.


Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten is slated for release on September 6.

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  • shion16

    Man i need a cleric

    • xXDGFXx

      As do I, but I can never figure out how to farm mana for clerics….

      • Exkaiser

        Teach them offensive magic via pupils. That’ll let them get some kills.

        • xXDGFXx

          you can do that in 2 as well or only 3? also, how? i didn’t know pupils can teach skills o_o

          • Exkaiser

            Put the pupil with the spell next to the Master, and it will appear in the Master’s list of skills at level 0. Have them cast it until it gets to level 1 and you’ve learned it.

            It’s, er, kind of the point of the Master/Pupil system. Been around since the first game.

          • xXDGFXx

            i… did not know… i only played the 2nd and 3rd…

          • Exkaiser

            @xXDGFXx:disqus But even still, they describe it in the second and third games…

      • Locklear93

        In 3, you could put them in a club that’d steal mana gain from surrounding characters.  Given that we’ve seen a screenshot that shows an evil symbol allowing 10% experience steal in Disgaea 4, I expect the same will be possible in 4.

  • DanteJones

    That’s gotta be a first, NA version has more lines than the original? Usually it’s the other way around!

    • There’s a first time for everything!

    • Yeah and my main reason to leave the english voices. Besides, they do a good job too unlike other games with horrible voices.

    • Exkaiser

      Definitely not a first.

      Dragon Quest VIII was completely voiceless in Japanese. The NA version added a complete voice track.

  • Its pretty awesome, so soon. I love Omega Tier skills but why didnt they go up to Peta again?

    • That was probably part of the re-balancing they did with spell casters. It’s not TOO bad if the Omega tier makes up for the gap between casters and skill users.

  • Shinji Kazuya

    Index-san <3 !!!

    • AzureNova

      I can’t wait for the 3rd season!

      • Shinji Kazuya

        Oh my god! You just reminded me of that again!!!! And after all the work I had forgetting about it!!!

  • Locklear93

    Huh.  I’m pretty pleased.  MOST (not all…) voice acting in NIS games is decent to very good, and I was actually worried about the anime cameos.  The Bikkuriman thing can just go away, but Index and Lotte I wanted kept, and Holo I absolutely adore.  After the map editor news, and the omissions in the list of humanoid classes, I’m glad to hear something that’s decidedly positive again.

    (Note: I’m not upset about the list of included classes; I consider that “mixed” news.  Some are missing, but with the additions of professors, biosuits, androids, and bouncers, I don’t feel gypped.)

    • Exkaiser

      The only omitted class I’m really annoyed about is the lack of Lanterns in every game that isn’t Disgaea 1. Sure, no one uses monster classes, whatever, they were mega cool.

      • Locklear93

        *boggle*  Well, it’s not like you’re not ALLOWED to like lanterns… but I’ll never quite understand. o_O  I’ve got nothing against the monster classes, but yeah, I’m just as guilty of hardly using them.  The enhanced magichange in 4 might change that, though.

        • Exkaiser

          They’re scarecrows that smoke constantly and conceal gigantic butcher knives in their sleeves. What’s not to love?

  • NISA learns that sometimes they gotta do themselves favors to please the fans.

    So many good news in one day!

  • Making friends in high places lol, that’s pretty cool though i’ll still have it in Japanese (its a habit since the First Disgaea and other games expect Soul Nomad)

  • I’m glad for this. A lot of times I’ve found that the English acting in NISA games is better than the Japanese voices– I can’t even make myself play Disgaea 2 or 3 in Japanese, because their voices just sound /boring/. (Especially in Adell’s and Rozalin’s case)

    I wonder what scenes in particular are going to be voiced, in this case.

    • ForeverFidelis

      N1 srpgs always have localizations that turn out to be better than the original, in my opinion.

      • Ereek

         Agreed, in many cases.  Soul Nomad, for example, was quite brilliant and completely blew the original out of the water.

        • I think it helps that the actors tend to just give ridiculously rememberable voices to the characters. I don’t think I’d have enjoyed Disgaea 3 half as much as I did if it weren’t for Almaz’s and Mao’s bantering in English.

          And Soul Nomad? Man, Gig’s English voice is the reason why I wanted to play the game, after seeing a video of it. To point, I had already readied myself to buy every NIS-made game there was out in America, but that video rose Soul Nomad to a higher place on my list.

  • Too bad we don’t have an Omega Lighting to have BiriBiri appear :p

    • Gohobojoe

      No need for that. A gun skill named ‘Railgun’ would work fine.

    • Actually it looks more like it’s gonna be A Certain Gargoyle Railgun that makes the “cameo” lol


      Not to mention Hokuto Nyan-ken and Giga Alraune Breaker.  This game can’t come here soon enough.

  • LastFootnote

    That’s cool. On a related note, has it been confirmed whether the Japanese voice track will be included?

    • kroufonz

      it’s NISA the japanese voice is included by default.

      • Cuticle

        Prinny 1 & 2.

        • Loki

          True, the Prinny games didn’t have both languages available, but Disgaea has always had both so it should be fine.

        • Locklear93

          To be fair, the capacity of a UMD is only 1.8GB if it’s dual layer, and audio is one of the largest aspects of a game with voice work.  If NISA was keeping it to single layer (cheaper), they may have had no room for both voice tracks.  That issue doesn’t exist on a Blu-ray, so I wouldn’t expect it to be a problem.

        • HistorysGreatestMonster

          PSP games, not PS3. Name a PS3 game they didn’t have dual voice for. Room on the disc is different.

          • Cuticle

            You’re really moving the bar around, huh? So NISA’s DS, PSP, PS2, and 360 games are all off the table. And if I did find a NISA PS3 game w/o JP audio, the bar would suddenly be moved to “Name a *recent* PS3 game they didn’t have dual voice for.”

            The point is NISA is faaaaaar from infallible when it comes to localization work. And there was plenty of room on the Prinny UMD for JP audio. They went out of their way to remove it. Whether that was to keep the game on single-layer I don’t know, and don’t really care.

          • HistorysGreatestMonster

            Well, I do have to hand it to you that the NISA 360 games didn’t have Japanese voice work. But then again, they didn’t have English voicework. Or any voicework. Or text for that matter, since they’ve never made one.

            Anyone, the point I was trying to make is that NISA don’t have 25G to work with on any system but the PS3, which is probably one of the reasons why they have ALWAYS had dual audio on all of their PS3 titles.

  • kroufonz

    in the perfect world, if smaller publisher like nisa can keep those bunch of anime cameo in their western release, then big company shall have no problem keeping their crossover element in their game especially if some of the crossover anime franchise owned by their ownparent company (namco better bring those miku, geass, and [email protected] graces f costume):P

  • This and the cheap price of the premium edition almost makes up for the fast one they tried to pull by showing us the nendoroid figure box and then showing the actual figurine that looks like it belongs in a cereal box.

  • Kitestwinblades

    I’d rather have Dokoru-Chan appear with one of the Omega spells. Like Star or something and Excalibolg the Living HELL out of my foes. Doesnt that sound very Disgaea-esque? …no?

    …I’m making an angel, naming her dokuro-chan and giving them her a mace. I’ll make my own Flonne, dammit!


  • Mister_Nep

    This’ll be the first Disgaea game where I will be spamming Omega-level spells. Especially Omega Fire!

    • Shinji Kazuya

      Ahahaha! Indeed! Anime Tencho is too funny!

  • Yamaneko22


  • haqua

    And next, the DLC cutscenes will be voiced, too, right? (Well, I can hope.)
    Whatever, I love NISA either way.

    • HistorysGreatestMonster

      Now, that’s something I hope too.

  • Klarktastic

    I hope this does not mean they took the japanese voices out

    • HistorysGreatestMonster

      Why would they do that? They have ALWAYS had dual voices in all of their games and I doubt they would run out of room on a Blu-Ray to put both.

      • Klarktastic

        I dunno maybe they have to pay the original japanese voice actors to keep the voices in the western version or something like that :P

        • Barrylocke89

          It DOES cost extra money to put in Japanese voices so that is a possibility, but if Disgaea has always had a japanese option, then the chances of it having it in this too are pretty good.

  • MisterDandylion


  • vivaluis59

    IS this a good game? so far my favorite games are Persona 3(fes and Portable) and P4…. and I’ve passed those games about 20 times… need a new game to distract me..

    • blah blah

      I’d suggest going with Disgaea 1 or 2 (on psp) first to decide if you’ll like Disgaea 4.
      Do you like SRPGs?
      Do you like grinding?
      If not, stay far away.
      I think P3/4 would get too bland once I’d beaten those a couple times in a row.

      • vivaluis59

        Thanks and yeah i have been through a lot of grinding in p3p getting players from lvl 30 to 99 in one day so i guess i could do it, im gonna get Disgaea 1 thx 

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